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Chris Pratt cleans up well on the cover of Esquire magazine

Chris Pratt seems to be everywhere these days. From his regular gig on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, to the summer box office hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, the 35-year-old actor is having a very good year.

He’s topping off the season with the September cover of Esquire magazine, looking dapper and refined in his gray, fitted suit. It’s a little different than his superhero wardrobe from the Marvel film. However, he almost didn’t audition for the role.

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Pratt shared with the magazine, “When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I just didn’t picture myself getting the role. I didn’t want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for G.I. Joe a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense—I was a little heavy and out of shape. I was not gonna play someone from G.I. Joe. I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life.”

The sitcom star changed his physique for the role and buffed up his normally chubby body. It is a role that is going to change his entire career and make his level of fame skyrocket to superstar status.

The actor has a grounded home life, though. He’s married to actress Anna Faris and they have a son together. The two met on the set of 2007’s Take Me Home Tonight while she was married to Ben Indra. The actors stayed in touch after the shoot and when her first marriage broke up, she called to tell him about it. That’s when Pratt knew he was going to marry The House Bunny star.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy actor is very protective of his family. Before he left to film a movie in Louisiana, Pratt bought his wife a gun to ward off stalkers. He’s OK with her “blowing their f***ing brains out.”

With life so sweet right now, Pratt doesn’t want his fans to be deceived about his privileged life.

He summed up, “I do believe in destiny. I’m lucky. But I didn’t walk into 7-Eleven, buy a scratch ticket, scratch it off, and star in Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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